Madison bishop Robert Morlino will hold Mass in Janesville, WI for the unemployed, underemployed and their families. More than 5000 families are affected by the closure of a GM plant on December 23, along with layoffs by other companies in the area. The Mass is open to everyone concerned about the economy.
It's a time of great economic uncertainty," said Father Randy Timmerman, pastor of St. John Vianney Parish in Janesville.
"How do we reach out to our neighbors and find some hope? As people of faith, we trust that God is with us. We hold in prayer so many lives affected," he told The Catholic Herald, Madison's diocesan newspaper.
Father Timmerman said the bishop's presence at the Mass would be a sign that the wider church in the Diocese of Madison cares about the people suffering from the economic crisis.
"It is important that we turn to the Lord and realize he is with us at this time of uncertainty," said the priest.